Category: Local Events

It doesn’t happen often but when it does, it’s breathtaking. Saddleback Mountain is the backdrop for South Orange County. If you live in Mission Viejo or Rancho Santa Margarita, the views can be spectacular. Here is a rare glimpse of Saddleback with snow sent to me this morning from a wonderful past client. The photos were taken from the view in their Mission Viejo backyard.

Snow on Saddleback


Snow on Saddleback Mountain


Snow on Foothills of Saddleback Mountain

Halloween CandyA Ladera Ranch Orthodontist is thinking outside the box and I dig it!  Dr. Harold Barkate is hosting a candy buy back program from 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday, November 3rd.  For every pound of candy a child brings in, Dr. Barkate will pay $1.

Go to his Ladera Ranch office at 800 Corporate Drive, Suite #260.  The candy will be donated to military families stationed at Camp Pendleton.  Hopefully it will be spread out so we aren’t destroying their teeth either.

Not sure if I’ll get my kids to bite off on the idea but I’m going to give it a shot.  I may have to do my annual pilfering of their stash before we take it in though.  :)

October 25th, from 2:00 to 5:00, the Orange County Great Park in Irvine will host their first Great Park Pumpkin Harvest.   Bring the whole family for all kinds of fun with a pumpkin patch,  pumpkin decorating, games, petting zoo, and mask making.  At 3:00 there will be a Monster Mash and at 4:00 there will be marching in the Great Halloween Costume Parade.  Click here for directions.Little boy with pumpkin

The event is sponsored by the Great Park Neighborhoods, the Second Harvest Food Bank and the Great Park Conservancy.

Second Harvest Food Bank recently opened its new Orange County headquarters at the Great Park.  A food drive will be underway at the Great Park Pumpkin Harvest.  They are looking for canned fruits, vegetables and meat products, dry and packaged goods,  refrigerated and frozen products, prepared and perishable foods, and fresh produce.  They will also accept non-food items such as personal care products, paper products and diapers.

This is also a neat opportunity to get a peek at the wonderful plans that are being initiated for the park and the upcoming neighborhoods.

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